You’ve been sweating bullets since you got into the office. You’ve answered every question, dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘t’. You go through the entire rigamarole that is the application and interview process. You almost punched the lights out of your computer because the application asked for your job experience after asking for your resumé. At the end of the day, you just want the job, the money, and the experience.
You leave the office with your head held high. When people ask about the interview, you promptly give a firm head shake that you think it went well. You congratulate yourself on a job well done, or so it seemed.
You get an email or a phone call from the job in question. You hold your breath. Your heart is beating out of your chest.
“Millennial. We thank you so much for your application…but we regret to inform you that we have filled the position.”
Crestfallen. You stare down at the floor and give a choked ‘thank you’ with a grin that pulls tight over your teeth. You gladly hang up the phone and drop your head. What went wrong? There were smiles, and handshakes that would go down in interview history. That friggin’ interviewer played you like a good hand of gold fish. The biggest fakers of all are laying right there in the interview office.
We know it sucks going through that entire process of being placed on a pedestal and judged for hours on end. You invested a lot into making sure you were paper perfect. But it didn’t make the cut.
The reason is you might not have sealed the deal. What lasting impression did you give to the interviewer. Did they associate you with something amazing that makes you different from the last prospect? What made you stand out and show that you an really bring something different to the table?
Solution #1: This is a really great thing to ask, but is often overlooked. Have you ever lost a job opportunity, but wonder what about you might have kept you from the job? Then when you call to find out, they’re either too busy, or they don’t remember to help yu make it better for the next time.
Here’s how you nip that in the bud at an interview. Ask.
- Was there anything about my application or in our interview today that may persuade you not to hire me?
- Did you have any other questions for me or concerns that may make you think twice about hiring me?
At this point, it may sound blunt, but it makes them really think about any parts of the application that they may have had an issue with (therefore mentally reviewing you in their minds again – repetition is lovely). And you may think, oh no….this is not a great thing to ask. Now you’re going to leave upset. No worries. Because you’re about to dispel all those concerns.
If they bring up issues with your reliability, references, job requirements – know how to answer those in advance. You know if you haven’t been reliable in past jobs as well as whether or not you qualify to even apply for a certain job. So, have an idea of what to say when you get to that point.
Solution #2: Ask your interviewer some questions. You’ve heard it time and time again, so why aren’t you doing it? When the interview comes to a close, and they ask you if you have any questions…SAY YES! And don’t ask stupid questions that anyone could answer. This is a game of chess and you need to be paying attention to every angle and every moment counts.
Ask questions about the company to show interest and not just questions that you can find on their FAQs page. You want the interviewer to associate you with good feelings and vibes, most notably at the end of the interview for a lasting impression, so connect the two. You want to sound interested in the company sure, but you also want to make it known that you value your interviewer’s time and space as well.
Questions To Ask:
- What are you fondest memories that you’ve had here at the company?
- What are some components of the job that you and the company share?
- Does this company provide the ability to progress and grow? If so, how quickly and what values or aspects of my work are taken into consideration to be put up for a promotion?
- I notice the pictures of children on your desk. All yours? [Wait for them to respond]. Oh, that’s adorable! Does this job accommodate your family life and value your time outside of work?
See how we noticed something about them and used that to find out a bit more on the company and their practices? This makes the interview more conversational. Asking questions like this places you in the driver’s seat and gives you some power. You may notice you start to relax, but don’t get off your A game. Listen, take mental notes, and use your observations about the person you are speaking with to really make it personal (but not too personal, you guys).
Let’s face it, Millennials. Firm handshakes and smiles can be given by anyone, but really bringing out the attention to detail makes you more of a friend and therefore a more desirable candidate.
What are some other ways that you look to really make an interview awesome at the end? Drop a couple of that advice below in our comment section below, or chat us up on Facebook, you Millennial you.